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»#SewcialBeeSampler Update«

Blocks for this quilt are progressing. Sometimes on a weekly basis, or sometimes 3 in a week if I’m behind.  IMG_4122

This project has involved some first for me. This is the first time I’ve made a sampler quilt. This is also the first time I have a “metered out” project that progresses on a weekly basis. I’m enjoying the process.

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Being involved in a large online group and seeing the progress and diversity of how quilters interpret the blocks with their fabric is interesting and enjoyable.

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I’ve also been paying a lot of attention to my sewing so that my blocks look good and will go together well. And because of that, it has flowed into my other sewing and piecing of quilts. So a big THUMBS UP! Thanks Sharon Holland and Maureen Cracknell for this fun sew along!

Happy Quilting ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

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»Prismatic Chill Quilt«

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As I sit here writing this post, the snow is coming down outside. That is to be expected since it is January, but 2 days ago we had 55 degree weather. The weather here is nuts! And that is where the inspiration for this quilt ended up…with the weather. Here in central Ohio, we are considered one of the cloudiest cities in the country averaging 283 cloudy days per year. Those clouds make for great filtered light and picture taking, but also a longing for sunny skies and color!

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When I first sketched this quilt, I was unsure about the palette. After coloring the sketch and playing around with it, I decided to use rainbow colors and try solids from Art Gallery Fabrics. I ordered a color card to help me choose fabrics.

Intense, saturated colors were what I first pulled, but I wanted those balanced out with some softer shades too. As I began making the quilt, I really loved the colors I chose, but realized that I needed one more dark in the green/blue family so I ordered a teal to add to the mix.

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The background is Essex linen by Robert Kaufman. I used Essex linen in my Great Granny Squared quilt and loved the look. I ordered a metallic but changed my mind and ended up at my local quilt store, Sew to Speak, to pick out fabric with all of my AGF solids on hand to make sure I liked how they looked together. I really wanted the background to be a soft, grayish blue that represented those cloudy skies in Ohio. The Essex linen in chambray is subtle and compliments the rainbow palette. I enjoy the mix of two different textures of fabric in this quilt.

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By using Quilters Dream Wool Batting, the greater loft provides more depth in the center and around the perimeter where the quilting is not as close. Prismatic Chill was backed with Carolyn Friedlander’s Crosshatch in Pacific. Quilt was pieced and quilted with Aurifil 2600.

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As a side note, while I was making this quilt, I affectionately called it the rainbow quilt or winter rainbow quilt. It’s the quilt’s pet name. Is there such a thing? I like to think of Prismatic Chill as the formal name, the one you would see on the birth certificate that no one really says. Haha!

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You can find this quilt and the pattern in the Winter 2017 issue of Modern Patchwork.

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Happy Quilting ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

 

 


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»I Wonder Quilt«

 

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What do you think about the above picture? This quilt is difficult to take pictures of because it is long. I used this fun app on my phone called Fisheye. My other pics taken outside were better since I could move far away and not take pictures of random things like dirty dishes or a kid passing through.

I am happy to be finished with this quilt because it is always good to have a completed project and I entered it into the Ohio State Fair and they only take completed projects 😉

The idea for this project percolated for some time in my mind. I thought it would be fun to just randomly place squares to see what I came up with. Then this project took on a different purpose when I had an experience last year. I was the nurse assigned to care for a patient for the day and he was not doing well. His health had deteriorated significantly over the previous year, and he was readmitted again. In talking to him, it was apparent he had a lot of apprehension about the quality of his life and health. After caring for him all day, I left and had a lot on my mind. That happens a lot to me as a nurse and I need time to decompress. In doing that, I ended penning a poem. As time went on, I decided that I wanted that poem to have a visual. The quilt is that visual representation. The quilt starts and ends with white which is light. It also has a variety of colors which represent life and many different times and experiences that people have. The quilting is done in a pointed figure 8 which represents the infinite aspect of life. I hand stitched the poem onto the back of the quilt because the poem is the quilt.

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I used Kona Cotton by Robert Kaufman and Aurifil 50WT thread 2600 which is a silvery color. The hand stitching is with the Aurifil, but I doubled the thread to create enough thickness. It did very well in hand stitching. I really enjoyed this project and happy that I tried something I had never done.

I Wonder

I wonder if
I would recognize
Through the pain
Through the change
Could I see
And understand
A limit
An expiration
Part of nature
Therefore natural
A progression
Would I be sad
Remorseful
Relieved…

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Go create something fun and try something new!

Happy Quilting ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

 

 


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»Pat Bravo Mini Quilt Blog Tour«

Welcome to the Minis Blog Tour hosted by Pat Bravo of Art Gallery Fabrics 

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I am happy to be a part of this mini quilt blog tour hosted by Pat Bravo of Art Gallery Fabrics. Being given beautiful fabric and asked to create a quilt is one of my favorite activities. My take aways from this project are:

»»»A reminder of why I enjoy Art Gallery Fabrics
»»»Challenging myself with a new quilt block

If you have not had the opportunity to sew with Art Gallery Fabrics, I would encourage you to get some and treat yourself. Art Gallery Fabrics have a distinct feel to them, very soft with a gentle drape. As a member of the tour, I received a bundle of fabrics from Pat Bravo’s new lines Essential II and Dare. I chose to use five of the fabrics to make my mini quilt:

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My Bundle of Fabrics

If I had to use one word to describe my 5 fabrics together it would be eclectic. At first glance, I was not sure they would work, but I like the end result. I named my quilt Daring Edge because of the Dare fabrics and all blade edges from the different pinwheels. A favorite aesthetic details about the quilt is the Hula Hoops in Azure background around the perimeter and how it reminds me of water.

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For inspiration in creating the quilt block, I used the book 1000 Great Quilt Blocks by Maggi McCormick Gordon. Using the Double Pinwheel III block as a starting point, I resized it from her original and modified the block to tailor it to my fabrics. I like a challenge and enjoy learning with every quilt I make. My big lesson with this quilt was in creating half-square rectangles. Online tutorials helped, but I had a lot of testing with scrap fabrics to get the size just right. And learning how to mark and line them up was a bit of a lesson in math, but now that I understand it, I’m looking forward to future quilts with this versatile and interesting technique.

Being a part of this tour has been enjoyable. The other quilters involved are so talented and creative and I enjoy seeing all of their beautiful creations using the Dare and Essentials II fabrics.  If you would like to see their work and get some inspiration for yourself, check out Pat Bravo’s Blog and the following links:

 

Laura Piland
Instagram: @sliceofpilife
http://sliceofpiquilts.blogspot.com

Courtney Zadik
Instagram: @wholesomemama
www.thewholesomemama.com

Katie Skoog
Instagram: @slpco
www.TheSimpleLifeCompany.com/BLOG

Stacey Gibson
Instagram:  @edens_accessories  

Amanda Woodruff
Instagram: @acraftyfox_amanda  
acraftyfox.net

Jessica Stewart
Instagram: @izzynivydesigns
http://snickerdoodlestew.com/

Erin Cox
Instagram: @whynotsewquilts
www.whynotsew.blogspot.com 

Anjeanette Klinder
Instagram: @anjeanetteklinder
http://anjeanettek.com/  

Aimee Leptick
Instagram: @lilbirddesign
www.thelittlebirddesigns.com

Sharla Krenzel
Instagram: @thistlethicketstudio
www.thistlethicketstudio.com  

Christine Blessing
Instagram: cblessing0

Cat Noonan
Instagram:@tincat13

Sarah Overton
Instagram: @mycrowdednest
Mycrowdednest.wordpress.com

Jyoti Haeusle
Instagram: @jyotihaeusler
www.sewnmoderncrafts.com

Faith Essenburg
Instagram: @faithessenburg
www.saranaave.wordpress.com

Lesley Storts (That’s ME!)
Instagram: @lesleystorts
StortsMarket.com

Ellen Ault – May 5
Instagram: @handmade3d
www.Handmade3D.me

Michelle Bartholomew – May 5
Instagram: @michellebartholomew  
michellebartholomew.com

Kate Basti – May 6
Instagram:  @katebasti    

Kate Lyons – May 6
Instagram:  @modernmakerie

Cindy Guch – May 9
Instagram: @cindyraspberrysunshine
http://raspberrysunshine.com

Lucy – May 9
Instagram: @skinnymalinkyquilts    
www.skinnymalinkyquilts.com

Marija Vujcic – May 10
Instagram: @mvquilts    
http://marijasfabricreations.blogspot.com/

Isabel Kelly – May 10
Instagram: @lambandwolfie  
www.lambandwolfie.com

Samantha Green – May 11
Instagram: @fortheloveoffabric

Tara Curtis – May 11
Instagram: @t_jaye      
https://www.tjaye.com/blog/

Samantha Dorn – May 12
Instagram: @aqua_paisley  
aquapaisleystudio.com

Maja Wlusek – May 12
Instagram: @betyipiernaty
https://betyipiernaty.wordpress.com

Jemima Flendt – May 13
Instagram: @tiedwitharibbon   
www.blog.tiedwitharibbon.com

Kerry Smith – May 13
Instagram:
 @thatssewkerry    
www.thatssewkerry.blogspot.co.uk

Creative inspiration can be found at the Essentials II Lookbook and the Dare LookBook.  If you happen to be in Columbus, Ohio, you can stop by one of my favorite local quilting stores, Sew To Speak, and check out their beautiful selection from various Art Gallery Fabric designers.

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Daring Edge Quilt Back

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Daring Edge Quilt Specs:
20″ x 20″
4 blocks total
56 pieces in each block
224 total pieces
5 fabrics from Art Gallery Fabrics, Essentials II and Dare collection
Quilt Back in Art Gallery Fabrics Pure Elements in Icy Mint
Aurifil Thread 2600 (a light silvery grey) used for piecing and quilting

Happy Quilting! ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

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»Rainbow Mini Mini«

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Late last year, I joined round two of the Rainbow Mini Swap hosted by @katebasti on Instagram. My first two swap experiences were very rewarding and I thought I would try it again.  I’ve been working here and there on my mini to give away and will talk about it more in another post. What I really want to highlight today is a little mini mini I made for myself as a reminder of the beautiful fabric and experience.

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I decided to improv piece – a technique I have been wanting to try. I used the scraps from cutting out my pieces for the mini I’m giving away. I knew this would result in a small quilt, but really just wanted a reminder and knew this would work. I laid out all of my pieces and took a little time deciding how I would proceed. Initially I thought I would use some of the colors more than once, but decided that one of each fabric would be sufficient.

I began by placing all of the pieces that I wanted to use side by side. This worked with this improv because I was just doing a long row of colors. I began piecing each color to create my long row. The pictures below show the steps, minus a picture of me sewing two of the greens together.

Once I completed my whole row, it was time to iron then trim.

The strip ended up being smaller than I wanted and thought it would be, but I learned 2 things. The first was that if I wanted it bigger, I needed to start with larger pieces. Yep, it’s true: bigger fabric = bigger quilt. The second was that had I pieced some of my blocks a little differently, I could have manipulated the outcome to make it a little larger.

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In finishing, I added a white border with Kona white and matchstick quilted. I loved the look without a binding, but prepared one anyway but did not have time to put it on before my quilt guild meeting. I took my mini mini with me to the meeting for show and tell and all of my quilty friends encouraged me to leave it with a raw edge! I was happy to have a little validation that it looked just fine the way it was.

I’m glad I tried this technique and look forward to future projects that are larger.

Happy Quilting ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

 

 

 


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»So… I Changed My Mind… «

Wednesdays have been dubbed Work in Progress Wednesday. I could think of slogans for every day of the week to talk about trying to catch up on my quilting -“Full Throttle Thursday” or “Finish it Friday”. I always seem to have many projects going in various stages and it has always been that way for me. When I was a kid and practiced the piano, I had 5-15 songs I was always working on. So, as an adult I guess I have not changed.

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Before I tell you about changing my mind, I have to post some pictures from my walk this morning. I love nature. So many colors. Green is my favorite and the midwest delivers plenty of green to look at this time of year. I also appreciate so many different textures and shapes. I have a trail that I like to walk on often. I am able to notice subtle changes as seasons change. A favorite trail is like a favorite song – I can enjoy it over and over.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALast week I posted 3 different blocks that I practiced quilting for my Great Granny Squared quilt. I was so certain of my plan. I started quilting and finished about 4 lines and quickly realized I did not like it. So I unpicked 🙂 and then I looked at the quilt and the blocks and decided to slightly modify my plan. And….I LOVE IT! At least the first 4 blocks I’ve completed.

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The lines are 1/2” apart and each block is outlined.

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This is a large quilt!

My plan is to finish quilting this in the next week and get the binding on. Enjoy your week and here’s to hoping you can get through your projects! Happy Sewing! ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎


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»Any Direction«

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWelcome to my little world on the internet. I am excited to share my projects here!

Inspiration in designing and creating this quilt came from April Rhodes Wanderer fabric. Important focus for me in this quilt were highlighting the Serape fabric without it being overwhelming or getting lost. Fussy cutting and creating large flying geese squares helped accomplish this goal.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne of my favorite fabrics in this line is the Sacred Seeds fabric in tigerlily. I think it is obvious from my center square just how much I like this fabric. I envisioned a dark background, and when I found the Kaffe Fassett shot cotton in steel I knew I had a terrific combination. The steel grey is the primary color with soft undertones of gold which compliment the Wanderer line and give the quilt a feeling of warmth even with the grey.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI named this quilt Any Direction for two reasons. The first is simply because of all the arrows pointing in so many directions. The name came to have a secondary meaning when I was mocking it up with some Kona and Amy Butler fabric that I had. The design worked so well with two fabrics, especially one that is a print with some movement and I realized that I would like see the whole thing finished with these sorts of fabrics. So….I bought some Tula Pink and Kona but I haven’t had time to start it yet. Hopefully soon. Happy quilting! ▶︎ ▶︎ ▶︎

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